I attempted my first Megan Nielsen Kelly skirt a few months after I took my first sewing class. I started to hate the fabric I picked so much that I didn’t even finish it. It was way too light and flimsy. I had purchased this awesome striped denim fabric by Robert Kaufman from Hawthorne Threads with the intentions of using it to make a pair of Sewaholic Thurlows. Well, short season is coming to an end and I never got around to it…..so instead I decided to try the Kelly skirt again. I’m so glad I did, because I love it! It’s funny how different a pattern seems to come together when you have more sewing experience. The first time I made it I thought it was so hard!
One of my favorite things about this skirt is the pockets. They are so functional! My cell phone is in there and you can’t even tell!
I kind of liked it with this belt. What do you think?
I tried to get creative with my stripes. I cut the pockets and the waistband so the stripes would go horizontal instead of vertical like the rest of the skirt. I think it adds interest to it.
I used a mustard/goldish color top stitching thread. I love how this looks. My machine didn’t love the heavier weight thread too much. I had to use some force when it came to my buttonholes and ended up having to rip out one of the buttonholes on the waistband.
I used gold metal buttons that I found at JoAnns. I got them for 40% off, but I’m pretty sure they are the most expensive thing about this skirt. Especially since it only takes a 1 1/2 of fabric. I made the size small. It’s a little too big in the waist, but fits good everywhere else. I cut 3 inches off the hem and turned it under an inch and then another inch.
I got 2 compliments from strangers while wearing it this morning. Don’t you just love compliments from people that have no idea you made what you are wearing! I think this skirt will get a whole lot of use this fall!